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Do Microsoft workloads work on AWS? Yes. Learn how.

Amazon Web Services (AWS) has been running Windows workloads for eleven years, and runs nearly twice as many Windows Server instances than any other cloud provider. And with seven times fewer downtime hours in 2018 than the next largest cloud provider*, AWS is the right choice for Microsoft workloads and most any other IT workload.

Dive deep and learn more about Microsoft workloads on AWS by checking out some of AWS Public Sector Summit on-demand conference sessions and technical presentations given by AWS solutions architects this June in Washington, DC:

Operationalizing Microsoft Workloads.” In this session, learn best practices and approaches for managing Microsoft Windows-based infrastructure on AWS. We describe the AWS services that can help manage Windows servers at scale and realize the maximum benefit of the cloud. We show how to build simple and effective solutions to manage logging, configuration drift, inventory, licensing, and more. Speakers: Jason Opdycke, Senior Solutions Architect, DoD, Amazon, and Mike Colson, Solutions Architect Manager, DoD, AWS.

Best Practices for Migrating Your Microsoft Workloads to AWS.” In this session, learn best practices for migrating Microsoft workloads to AWS. We discuss Active Directory, Sharepoint and application migrations running on the windows server, and the impending End of Support of 2008 r2 –  and how AWS can help. Learn how AWS can help reduce costs by reusing licensing, incorporating Amazon Relational Database Service (Amazon RDS), Amazon FSx, AWS License Manager, and AWS Systems Manager to help you manage those workloads. We also demo a server migration using AWS Server Migration Service (AWS SMS). Speaker: Mike Hall, Senior Solutions Architect, AWS.

Microsoft Active Directory Deep Dive.” Learn about options for running Microsoft Active Directory on AWS. When moving Microsoft workloads to AWS, it’s important to consider how to deploy Microsoft Active Directory in support of group policy management, authentication, and authorization. In this session, we discuss options for deploying Microsoft Active Directory to AWS, including AWS Directory Service for Microsoft Active Directory and deploying Active Directory to Windows on Amazon EC2. We cover topics such as how to integrate your onpremises Microsoft Active Directory environment to the cloud and how to leverage SaaS applications (like Office 365) with the AWS Single Sign-On service. Speaker: Mike Cotton, Senior Solutions Architect, AWS.

Containerize Legacy .NET Framework Web Apps for Cloud Migration.” In this session, we cover how to leverage Docker for Windows and the Amazon Elastic Container Service (Amazon ECS) as an effective solution for migrating legacy .NET applications to the cloud. We use Microsoft Visual Studio to demonstrate how to containerize a legacy .NET app including the Docker build and deployment process. We also cover how to deploy the container to Amazon ECS using the Amazon Elastic Container Registry (Amazon ECR) service to host the Docker image. Speakers: Brian Lewis, Partner Solutions Architect, AWS and Kirk Davis, Senior Solutions Architect, AWS.

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*Based on downtime hours from 1/1/18 to 12/31/18 pulled directly from the public service health dashboards of the major cloud providers.